Help save one of Wanstead’s art treasures!

"The entombment of Christ", studio of Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1591 - 1666), known as Guercino
"The entombment of Christ", studio of Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1591 - 1666), known as Guercino

The 17th century painting, ‘The Entombment of Christ’ has hung above the altar in St Mary’s Church for over 100 years. It has now been assessed by a Masters student from the Courtauld Institute, confirming its age, and its status as a studio copy of the original painting by the Italian artist, Guercino. The Parish of Wanstead has therefore decided to restore the painting. A series of events are being held to contribute to the costs of restoration.

Glamour on the Green: This year’s opera event, ‘Glamour on the Green’ is being held at Christ Church, E11 2SW on Saturday 12 September 2015 at 6.30pm. Tickets are offered at £20 for a standard ticket, or £30 for a VIP ticket, including allocated seating and complimentary glass of fizz. They can be purchased online via the mydonate page for the Parish of Wanstead, using this link: or in person at Christ Church on Saturday mornings between 9.30am and 12.30am, after the 9.30am service on Sunday, or at St Mary’s after the 11am service. For further information, please contact Pen Garlick, penelope.garlick@btinternet.com

Musical Miscellany: On Saturday 26 September 2015, at 7.30pm there will be a concert of light opera in St Mary’s Church, performed by ‘Harmony 2 Blend’. Tickets are £10 each, and can be purchased online via the mydonate page for the Parish of Wanstead, using this link:  or in person as above. For further information, please contact Geoff Horsnell, geoff@horsnell.freeserve.co.uk

Guercino evening: Join us in St Mary's Church on Thursday 1st October 2015 at 6.30 pm to hear from Pippa Balch, the Courtauld Institute's Lecturer in the Conservation of Easel Paintings, about investigating the 17th century painting which has hung in the church for over 100 years. Tickets cost £10, including refreshments, and are available online via the mydonate page for the Parish of Wanstead, using this link:  or in person as above. For further information, please contact John Garlick, jh.garlick@btinternet.com

To see the redecoration which has already taken place in St Mary’s Church, and to view the crypt, which is only opened once every five years, visit the church on Saturday 19  or Sunday 20  September (London Open House Weekend), from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday, or from 12:00 noon to 5:00pm on Sunday.